My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 2 July 14

We continue on during Day 2.

Next was the joint presentation by Bill Anderson and Nancy Koupal. A technical error meant I got to pinch hit and introduce them. They were reading letters from Bill’s book Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then they answered questions. Both Bill and Nancy have been interviewed this year. Nancy told my favorite homesite story both on the podcast and that day.

Nancy Koupal and William T. Anderson

Bill pointed out how the story he was telling took place in that very school, right there and pointed across the road. It really renewed my thrill at being RIGHT THERE.

Bill got me all excited about 1st school again #lauraingallswilder. #desmetevent @discover_laura

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After that there was a break for lunch and then Paul introduced Dean and Alison again.

Paul V introducing Dean & Alison #lauraingallswilder #littlehouseontheprarie #DeSmetevent

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Dean once again spoke. It was based on questions from the audience and while there was some reputation from this morning, there were also different questions. Dean reports even his wife has said, “If only I could meet a man like Almanzo.”

Even my wife says she wants to meet a guy like Almanzo #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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The crowd once again spilled out of the tent.

This time it was Dean’s turn to go first and Alison followed. One of the most interesting things Alison shares about is the French people’s obsession with the Little House on the Prairie TV show. The interest is so great that Alison has learned enough French that she can do a version of her one-woman show in French. She talks about how “chopping wood like Charles Ingalls” is a phrase used for working hard and how falling down in wildflowers like Baby Carrie is a thing in France.

@alisonarngrim @Arngrim on stage talking about France obsession for #littlehouseontheprarie

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 1 July 14

I hope you enjoyed Day 1. Here is the first part of Day 2.

I got up early on Friday and redid my blog post featuring my podcasts about the event and published it. The wireless was completely unstable and fairly unusable the night before. I was staying at the Super Deluxe Inn and I’ve never had that happen before.

We had breakfast there in the hotel and this time brought along some bakery of own to add back in our room. Bakery is something their breakfast is lacking so you might want to bring along some on your next trip. You can even keep them in the refrigerator. (FYI it was pumpkin bars.)

I was hoping to head over first thing, but spent a lot of time chatting to people I know instead. The schedule seemed like things would start at 9am so I headed over about then. I was concerned about getting parked in if I drove having no idea how many people would show up. I had driven around the night before and realized it was just 3 blocks from the hotel to the event area by the Surveyor’s House. So I walked over from the hotel and that worked rather well. If you’re doing a full tour including a drive over to the Third Street House, you’ll want your car, but it was a nice walk. Here’s is the street sign for the corner you turn on to get the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society area, Olivet and 4th.

Oliver St #desmetevent

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They were still getting set up when I arrived and they got a couple of these great banners.

Great new #lauraingallswilder sign in signing que #desmetevent

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Judy Thompson was already on hand signing books and selling prints of her work. Thompson had been an artist in residence at the Homestead National Monument. Her series was displayed at the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, the same building that houses the SDHS Press. Nancy Koupal saw them there and commissioned Thompson to do covers for the Pioneer Girl series to a set of requirements.

Judy Thompson #PioneerGirl illustrator

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Although they spoke a couple of different times each day, people crowded under the tent for each performance by Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler. Here’s the crowd waiting for them to come out.

Waiting Crowd for speakers #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Paul Valenti introducing Alison asks “What show has the number 1 fanbase?”

What TV show has number 1 fan base? #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Alison as always puts on a great show and managed to look great too despite the hot temperatures.

Alison Arngrim on stage @Arngrim @alisonarngrim

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Dean Butler said to remind him never to follow Alison, but he put on just as good a show.

Dean Butler #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Me and Pauly Tee who not only takes trips to both TV and real Laura sites, but generously shares his photos online.

Me with Pauly Tee #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Judy Thompson talking. One of her most interesting points was that she doesn’t consider herself an illustrator, but a watercolor artist. She seeks to show artistic truth rather than literal truth.

Judy Thompson presenting about illustrating #PioneerGirl. Project #desmetevent

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Look for the other report posts soon.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

De Smet Event 2017

It’s FINALLY here! Today starts the De Smet Event 2017 (July 14-16). Below find links to my interviews about it and other places you might want to know about. I’ve also written up summaries of the interviews if you just want to scan them instead. (Oh and by the way, I looked it up and first De Smet Event was 2005.)

Horses and Covered Wagon
Horses and Covered Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

De Smet Event

I interviewed Tessa Flak back in May. Here’s all the scoop.

Find the Schedule

Dean Butler and Alison Arngrim will start with the paid autographs at 10:30am. They will break at noon and will cut off the line ahead of the break. Everyone who buys a ticket will get signed.

They’re not going to do photos during the signing because they want people to attend the autograph session on Sunday morning with a photo session.

On Sunday they are going to do a Confession from Prairies show with Alison Arngrim. It’s the family friendly version of her show. It will be at 2pm  and include a reception. Tickets are required.

Nancy Koupal is a Memorial Society board member from the 1990s. She’ll talk about the Pioneer Girl Project and Bill might jump in.

Judy Thompson is the artist behind covers of Pioneer Girl and Pioneer Girl Perspectives. She’s present and demonstrate drawing. Her original artwork will be on display.  The prints of the covers are available for sale.

William T. Anderson is the main Laura authority. He’s going to talk about how he got involved with Laura and his history with De Smet.

All programs will be varied so not the same each day.

Programs will be held in a tent in the museum’s park which is besides the city park with the one-room school that serves as a hands on discovery center. The street between the Surveyors House and Gift Shop and the park will be closed.

Dean and Alison signatures will be $6 per item signed. You want six signatures, you need six tickets. There are no official limits on what to sign. If you don’t have anything you want signed, they will have photos available for sale in the gift shop.

At the pageant Dean and Alison will have a question and answer session before the pageant starting at 7pm. They will only take cash and check. The pageant starts at 8pm. There is food available on grounds and a gift shop.

Tip bring own chairs. The food is like what you would find at a high school sporting event.

They will have additional wagons on the grounds this summer. When you go through the gate. You get a prize drawing slip, a wagon riding ticket, a newspaper of the event. They will do a state roll call. The rule is you have to yell for your home state and EXTRA loud for Iowa.

New to the Memorial Society’s collection is the restored 1880s covered wagon and 3 new archival cases.

The gift shop has the Surveyors House Cookie Cutter. There is also going to be a new, updated, and extended edition of the Ingalls Family of De Smet in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the museum.

Dean Butler

I also interviewed Dean Butler about the De Smet event.

Dean Butler was interviewed previously on the show in 2014 in honor of the TV show’s 40th anniversary event.

I was glad to welcome him back to talk about some of his most common “Little House” questions, what signing events are like in general, and what’s going to happen in De Smet in particular.

A note about the sound. It’s a little low so you’ll want to turn it up, but be aware there are a couple places where it will suddenly pop loud. Unfortunately the connection could have been better.

Dean Butler, a died Pepsi person, who played Almanzo on the NBC version of The Little House on the Prairie TV show. He started actin in High School in a production of Once Upon a Mattress. (Fun fact: I was also in a completely different high school production of Once Upon A Mattress – made famous by Carol Burnett – as a unnamed and unnumbered lady in waiting.)

His big break was in a movie version of Forever by Judy Blume. Michael Landon’s daughter was a fan and helped get him an audition. He was hired two weeks before graduation. Later he would appear as Moondoggie in The New Gidget and Buffy’s dad on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was associated with several iconic young woman characters and is honored to have those associations.

He thinks people like the Chicken Cinnamon episode is popular because it’s a good example of Laura’s gumption. Almanzo’s favorite food was really Liver’n’Onions.

Almanzo-Almonzo Dean has finally been convinced to pronounce it Almanzo the clincher being the recording of Laura saying his name. You can buy the recording, it’s called Laura Ingalls Wilder Speaks. Find it at any of the homesite museum giftshops online or in person. He always points out Lucy Lee Flippin was the first to pronounce it that way and he got pounded by fans for pronouncing it wrong from the beginning.

Dean attends a couple of signing events every year. He has 6 scheduled this summer. It’s important to be out there and keep the show alive to pay back the fans for their investment and support. His wife always says he’s going off for another weekend of adoration. One of the best parts of signing is the multi-generational component. He often signs books for daughter-mother-grandmother.

It’s a different signing experience at homesites and much better. Once at a mall a teenager got very aggressive and drew attention to how there really is trust between signers and signee. There is also a balance in signing how to make a connection with each person, but not to let them monopolize your time. Signing body parts doesn’t phase him, but he doesn’t like signing things people probably won’t keep like a wadded up napkin or a ratty piece of paper. He prefers something solid, like a book or a photo.

Dean’s programs are extraneous and focus on his experience with the TV show. The cast mostly gets together at appearances. He has been to the location of the exterior of the show set many times since the show ended. You can really tell where the Ingalls homestead was, but the town site is completely grown over. The last time he was there you could still find some debris from the big explosion and it took him right back to the day they watched it explode. I asked a follow up about the covered bridge with open sides. He says it’s on the Disney ranch. Besides, Little House look for that bridge on shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, NCIS, etc. Those are off the top of my head, feel free to add to the list in the comments below. Keep an eye out for it. Info on visiting the site.

 

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Well after waiting for a full year day one of the South Dakota Historical Society’s Laura Ingalls Wilder conference is in the books and I have to say I really enjoyed it. If you want to read all of the tweets for the conference search Twitter for #SDHeritage

I especially want to point out the Little House on the Prairie Twitter account since their phone has a much better camera than mine does.

Remember you don’t need to have a Twitter account to read tweets.

I’m not going to transfer all of the Tweets over right now, but here are some highlights.

 

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Next two books in the Pioneer Girl “series” announced

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More details on buying the DVDs of conference coming soon

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes

Story Goes…

Just how did photographer Les Kelly get to be such an important part of the vision of Laura Homesites? Here’s William T. Anderson with the story.

“I was speaking at the Pomona Public Library….Kids were in costume.  I noticed Les taking many pictures, esp of his kids in costume, Erin and Patrick.  We chatted and he told me of his interest in photography.

Later that year Yumiko was contacted by a publisher in Japan interested in doing a Wilder phioto book (which became LIW COUNTRY). She asked me about finding a photographer who would go to all the sites.   I realized that any professional would want expenses paid, and would never trek to the out of the way Little House sites on speculation.  There was no advance money.   Then I thought of Les, as the only person I could think of who would tackle such a project with personal interest and enthusiasm. He did. This led to many projects of his.  The rest if history!”

Obituary

Leslie A. Kelly was a resident of Orange County, California. I was tipped off by a post from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota that he’d passed so I found his obituary.

Obituary Page

Published about Laura and the Amish

Kelly was a photographer and for awhile was the main Laura photographer. He teams with William Anderson for books like Laura Ingalls Wilder Country and was the photographer behind many of the photo postcards still sold by the various homesite giftshops.

Harper Collins Author Page

His Website

Kelly was very far seeing in registering LauraIngallsWilder.net, .org and several other permutations. A few years ago he decided to retire and take down his site. He put the domains up for sale and it looks like they were all bought as redirects for:

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-us/laura-ingalls-wilder-documentary

Besides co-producing several books, Kelly also shared a website with Laura historian William T. Anderson.

His Biography For His Website as of 2008

Leslie A. Kelly, "Little House Home Sites" Photographer
 Leslie A. Kelly, a resident of Huntington Beach, California, is an internationally known photographer and writer. He has traveled the United States since 1973 photographing Americana. His travel stories and photography about the Amish, covered bridges, rural courthouses and other Americana have appeared in more than 120 magazines, books and calendars in the United States, Europe and Japan, to include Time Magazine, Literary Places In The US, National Geographic Guide To Small Town Escapes, Country, Farm and Ranch Living, Delta Airlines' SKY Magazine, Country America, Touring America and Trailer Life.

 Working with Anderson, Kelly has supplied color photography for Laura Ingalls Wilder Country (Harper Collins, 1990), Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1992), Little House Country: A Photo Guide to the Home Sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1989), Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (Harper Collins, 1995) and Little House Guidebook (Harper Collins, 1996) and Little House on the Prairie Photo Guide (Japanese language version, 1988, Kyuryudo Publishing).

 With Doyle Yoder, Kelly was co-author and co-photographer for America's Amish Country (1992) and America's Amish Country II (America's Amish Country Revisited) (2000). He has also authored and provided all current photography for two books for the California Gold Rush Sesquicentennial, California's Gold Rush Country 1848 - 1998 (1997) and Traveling California's Gold Rush Country (1997).

 Kelly also operates a number of websites to include Amish.Net with online information about the Amish lifestyle and tourism services, California's Gold Rush Country, Show Me The Gold® Tours and NetCopyrightLaw Net Consulting Services.

 Kelly is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association in Mansfield, a current member of the Oregon California Trails Association, and a current member and former Publicity Director for the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

Lawsuit Over Thumbnails and Pinterest

The very fact that he was an early user lead him to file a far reaching lawsuit, Kelly v. Arriba-Soft. This Supreme Court reaching case focused on a search tool that created thumbnails of pictures harvested from a website that you would then click through to that website. Kelly claimed that this use of his images without his consent violated copyright. The company behind the website claimed it was fair use. They won.

Standford Summary (Search for Kelly on the page)

This case has been cited by many people for support for services like Pinterest even though the situations are not all that similar since a key point in the decision was that the service did no actually posting to an independent website and that it merely directed people to the original source. Here are a couple of blog posts that cite the case.

More on the questioning Pinterest legality side

More on the hey it’s fair use fine side

Legacy

Through his images Kelly made a long lasting mark both on Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom and on legal world of the internet. He will be remembered.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

William Anderson Speaks At Hoover on Labor Day 2016

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson

Laura Ingalls Wilder researcher extraordinaire, William T. Anderson recently brought out a collection of Laura’s letters called The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book is currently available both as a paper book and as an audio book. Be sure to get it through the homesite giftshops to help support them.

He was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa by Charity Nebbe. Listen to the podcast here:

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/selected-letters-laura-ingalls-wilder#stream/0

On the podcast Bill is joined by Dwight Miller, the senior archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum when they collected the Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Rose Wilder Lane papers. Dwight gives a short version of how the papers came to the Library.

Bill will be speaking at the Library on Labor Day, September 5th with programs at 11am and 2pm.

In order to attend the program you need to pay admission to the museum. You can purchase tickets online,http://estore.archives.gov/Hoover/ProductInfo/H05SE1.aspx, or buy them at the sales desk the day of the talk. See the link for full information about admission (costs, levels, etc.). If you want to attend both shows you need to buy each show separately.

I’ll be there, will you?

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Bill Anderson Appearances 2016

The big excitement in Laura fan this year will be the release of The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William T. Anderson. Anderson will be making appearances around the Midwest so you can get an autographed copy and ask questions about it yourself.

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson

SCHULER BOOKS: Grand Rapids, MI 03/15/2016

SCHULER BOOKS: Lansing, MI 03/16/2016

CHILDREN’S LIT FESTIVAL: Warrensburg, MO 03/20-03/22, 2016

RAINY DAY BOOKS: Kansas City, MO 03/23/2016

LEFT BANK BOOKS: St. Louis, MO 03/24/2016

MAGERS AND QUINN: Minneapolis, MN 04/05/2016

WILDER MUSEUM DEDICATION: Mansfield, MO 04/22/2016

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.